Valinda leverages her experience as a health care executive to contribute to Sg2’s intelligence on health care utilization trends, strategic planning, health care policy, physician alignment and clinical operations. Her areas of expertise include payment initiatives, clinical innovation and population health. She is an expert presenter and facilitator at various Sg2 events.
As vice president of public payer health strategy in the Care Coordination Institute at Greenville Health System, SC, Valinda is responsible for identifying, analyzing and supporting the implementation of opportunities related to government initiatives such as bundled payments, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid pilots, dual-eligible patients, patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations.
Valinda previously worked as a senior advisor and group director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she led the development and rollout of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative, Strong Start (a perinatal care improvement program) and other national programs related to care transformation. She also served on the governance committee that selected grants for the $1 billion Health Care Innovation Challenge Grants, which focused on funding new programs
of innovation and transformation in the health care industry at large.
Before joining CMS, Valinda was chief executive officer of CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC, where she led the development of a 210-day bundled knee payment arrangement between CaroMont Health and North Carolina’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Previously, she was CEO/president of Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville, SC, as well as market leader for both Kentucky and South Carolina for Bon Secours.
Valinda received the 2013 Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Award, which is given to the top 30 individuals in the nation who demonstrate leadership and extend their vision beyond their organization alone. In the 2010, 2011 and 2012 issues of Becker’s Hospital Review, Business & Legal Issues for Health System Leadership, Valinda was listed as one of 50 top Women Hospital & Healthcare Leaders. She has served on Premier’s Quality Improvement Committee, the ACO Collaborative Oversight Steering Committee, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s New Models of Care Steering Committee and the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Metropolitan Hospitals. She currently serves on several national scientific advisory boards, including NaviHealth and VHA.
Valinda earned a master of business administration degree from Butler University and a master of science in nursing from Wayne State University.